Review: Having previously released on Dirt Crew and Klein, Irish producer Timothy Blake could be considered a rising star. Here, he pops up on Lectric Sands' It's A Lectric World offshoot with a pleasingly vibrant four-tracker. There's a kind of recorded-to-tape, '80s synth wig-out feel about opener "R&B Restitition", while "Showtime" seemingly cuts up a load of old P-Funk and 8-bit games soundtracks, resulting in a no holds barred chunk of cheery synth-house. He continues the house theme on the near techno throb of "Soaring & Crashing" (which, incidentally, still contains dayglo synths), before closing proceedings with the wonky, piano-laden dancefloor madness of "Bee My Victim".
Review: Anything Eddie Ruscha touches is generally worth checking, and this latest outing for Lectric Sands offshoot It's A Lectric World is no exception. Ruscha kicks things off with the Electric Dub, an untypically funky fusion of his usual vivid psychedelics, exotic vocal samples, crunchy guitars and an undulating disco-rock groove. The Original Rub - all bubbling electronics, muted guitar licks and deep house warmth - adds a little Balearic disco flavour, before Ruscha returns to more familiar territory with the delay-laden and pleasingly out-there Lectric Dub. Finally, he reaches for the marimbas on the Pleasing dub, an afro-influenced blast of wide-eyed Balearic sunshine complete with lilting pedal steel.
Review: Cap-loving Mancunian eccentric Ruf Dug seems to be riding the crest of a wave at the moment. After a promising start to his career, he seems to have settled into a groove, making quality analogue jams that play around with genres wonderfully. He's at it again here. While the title track is to all intents and purposes house, its warm bassline and distorted drums are supplemented by melancholic synths and vintage melodies. Bonus cuts "Ruffy's Day Out" (a sparse, slow and dubbed-out number influenced by proto-house) and "Late Cruise" (Onra on crack, with all manner of spiralling electronics) are equally as potent. If that wasn't enough, label boss Zoovox provides a beautiful, delay-laden dub of the title track complete with densely layered percussion. Near perfect.